Creating your Superyacht CV
In Yachting, your CV is everything. Hence you will need a good one to get a good job. Often you will be applying for a position remotely without having a face to face meeting, so your CV really needs to make a good impression to the person receiving it. A well written and laid out CV can mean the difference between landing your dream job and someone else getting it.
Your Perfect Profile Pic
You will want to include a profile photo on your Yacht CV at the top of the page. Your photo should be approximately from your shoulders upwards and ideally with a natural and relevant backdrop, i.e. the sea or engine room. Wear a plain colour polo or shirt with reasonable lighting and have your hair styled neatly. It’s always better to have your photo taken by someone else rather than a selfie.
Information you need to Include
Date of Birth
Nationality – include both if you have dual nationality
Contact number – include the country code (it’s also helpful to have Whatsapp as lots of people communicate via this app internationally)
Visas held (i.e. B1B2, Schengen)
Tattoos – best to describe where they are on you
Extra information you can include is –
Current location (make sure this is up to date when applying for a new role)
All languages spoken
Driver’s Licence (note if you drive a manual as majority of cars in Europe are manual)
The Body of your CV
It is a good idea to include a short personal profile. This is your chance to offer some insight into the person you are and position you’re looking for. Try to keep this down to a few sentences.
Then list your qualifications, starting with the highest and most relevant to the position you are applying for. You can also note here if you are in the middle of studying for or completing a course/module. You must have your STCW and ENG1 medical certificate (or equivalent) at the very minimum to join a yacht.
Next, include all your relevant work experience, listing your most recent job first and continuing backwards. Include the name of the boat/company, position/s held, and dates of employment. With regards to previous land-based roles, highlight any skills that can be interchangeable from land to yachts, i.e. hospitality roles, carpentry, floristry, people management, etc.
Then a brief list of your hobbies – any water sports, video editing, and yoga/personal training skills are highly sort after. Your hobbies give the recruiter a deeper insight into who you are as a person and if you will fit in with the current crew onboard.
Lastly, references need to be listed. Make sure your referee is aware you have put them down as a point of contact and include any written reference letters with your application. Usually four references of your most recent positions are enough.
Your CV should be kept to two pages maximum; can be more for Captains and Chefs. Make sure to spell check it and give it to someone else to check if need be. Spelling ‘yacht’ wrong is never a good start.
The good news is that there are many people and companies out there that can help you with your Yachting CV layout and presentation. They often charge a small fee, but if a professional CV secures you your dream role then it’s worth it. There are also many CV templates on Microsoft Word to follow – just be mindful of having too many or too dark colours as your CV could be printed out. And of course at Infinity Yachting we’re always here to help with any issues you may have. If you would like any advice regarding your CV; feel free to send it through to us at [email protected] and we would be more than happy to help out.